Dennis Delaney, who has been sentenced to a hundred hours of community service for a drink driving charge has been assigned to assist the Helensvale Jets Aussie Rules Football Club. Without a cent to his name, to be able to commute to the club, he asks his brother to drive him. It sounds simple enough, except that his brother works for a limousine company. When Dennis is dropped off in a limousine, the club president immediately misconstrues that Dennis is a wealthy entrepreneur sent to get the club back on its feet. In their desperation to find a solution, they place all their hopes on Dennis who doesn’t have the first clue about business, let alone running a club.
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying tells the story of ambitious window washer, J.Pierrepont Finch who with the help of his trusty book on how to succeed in business without really trying, decides to toss in the cleaning rags and work his way inside the building he has been cleaning and climb right to the top of the corporate ladder, in record time.
Joy starring Jennifer Lawrence is based on American inventor Joy Mangano who invents the self-wringing mop. It’s a story about family rivalry; control; making mistakes; learning about business; perseverance and sheer determination to not give up on something you believe in.
Songs for a New World written and composed by Jason Robert Brown is a composition of songs that tell a story incorporating ‘a moment of decision’ through a span of time. It’s a rather odd combination of stories that weave the historical with the contemporary in an attempt to portray that even throughout time, love never changes.
What happens after January when the summer holidays are over? For Alex, who has just finished the HSC, his destiny hangs in the balance as he counts down 17 more days until he receives his OP score. Alex is a quiet, clean-cut kid who has lived a relatively comfortable, sheltered life under the protection of his overbearing single mother, Tessa. Up until this point he has been content with taking the linear road in life. Getting the score he needs will determine the course of his life… an arts law degree followed by a secure, acceptable career. Life, however, has a way of throwing us curve balls.
As part of my research, I started by booking tickets to see Wolfe Bowart’s performance of Letters End which was pure magic. I then went to see Loritz Circus, a small travelling circus that sets up its own marquee and travels in an entourage of trucks. This gave me a good idea of what life on the road would have been like for the Broadways. They have a number of acts which includes Kenyan acrobats and the ten year old hula hoop sensation Americus, who appeared on the Oprah Show with her amazing act. I also went to see the Adrenaline Circus which was a much grander scale at QPAC (Queensland Performing Arts Centre) and I sat there in a pool of perspiration as I watched the acts in complete amazement and awe.
Prostitute, Poopay is up for more than she bargained for when she’s booked to service the dying Welles and ends up burdened with the secrets of a dying man. In an attempt to escape the villainous Julian she hides in the cupboard and finds herself travelling through time. When the initial confusion dissipates, she realises she’s in the extraordinary position of being able to reverse the murders of Welles’s wives if she can somehow manage to escape Julian who is hot on her heels.
The Shoe-Horn Sonata is a true story about the survival of two teenage girls after their boat was bombed by the Japanese in 1942 and they became prisoners of war. Sheila formed a choir in the prison camp and created the sonata with the help of Bridie’s shoe-horn that was used as a metronome. It was the power of music that brought momentary joy to a joyless existence in the most degrading and inhumane living conditions.
I’m not a dancer and have little knowledge of the art of dancing but I certainly appreciate talent when I see it. Shade – A Visual Art and Street Dance Collaboration presented by Scaena Mortema at the 2016 Anywhere Festival Brisbane was special in more ways than one. Shade is a collaboration of 13 core dancers, 5 guest dancers, whose style ranged from street dance to contemporary, 10 choreographers and 10 visual artists.
Using the words of CeCe Shabam, retail therapist extraordinaire, “Retail: a rewarding career with a satisfying salary package and lots of prospects for the future… Said no one ever!”
Who would have thought there was an art form to selling clothes? CeCe Shabam reveals the secrets of retail therapy and how to be a game player. All her invaluable knowledge was gained over five years of loyal service. Yep, showing up to work every day, including weekends, with a smile that would melt icebergs.
The Curiosity Experiment centres around Ella Delamere, a young American bride who moves from New York to Australia shortly after her wedding. The excitement of living in the Delamere mansion is soon dampened by her overbearing mother in law who drives her to the point of insanity.
If you were crazy enough to book a seat it might pay you to brush up on your Gremlin language skills, before boarding Air Linius Hippopotumus, as it’s imperative that you understand that your life is in danger. You’ll receive a bolt on arrival that will later be used to hold the plane together. Your baggage will be checked; you will be charged for excess and harassed according to your attitude. Expect a bumpy ride as you are taken to your seats by a wacky crew who are not shy about poking about your business.
Minefields and Miniskirts packs an emotional punch. For those who have lived in a secure bubble shielded from the horrors of war, this play will rock your foundations. For those who have experienced war firsthand, this play may stir emotions buried and forgotten. Minefields and Miniskirts is a play about how the Vietnam War affected the lives of five very young Australian women. Stirred by the excitement of adventure in a foreign country, four of the five women felt compelled to volunteer their services in a country ravished by war.
Be afraid. Be very afraid. This diabolical play will take you into the depths of matrimonial hell. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a battle of words that are as deadly as slowly sipping poison. You will be taken on a journey of the emotional destruction of a marriage where the dialogue represents verbal missiles of buried bitterness. When young couple, Nick and Honey are invited to Martha and George’s home at 2am, after a university party, they had no idea of the marital slaughter they were about to witness. Martha has the aggression of a Pit Bull and George’s passive aggressive approach has just as much bite. The verbal vomit between them has, for the past twenty-three years of their marriage, been fuelled with an endless supply of alcohol, used for medicinal purposes, of course.